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Born: Jan 16, 1939

Date of Passing: Jun 06, 2020

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(nee HIGHT)
January 16, 1939 - June 6, 2020

After brief complications from her failing health, Norma Merritt peacefully passed away on June 6, 2020, with her loving daughters at her side.
Norma was born to Ruth and Cecil Hight in Montreal, Quebec. Her Dad's railway career brought her to Winnipeg where she met a handsome young man, the love of her life, Howie, happily in love for over 41 years until his passing in 2000. Unfortunately, our dad passed in the prime of retirement, however that did not stop her, she enjoyed her life! Her only sister, whom she later lived with passed in 2008.
She will be missed by her daughters, Christine (Wes), Nancy (Gerry) and her son Kevin; her grandchildren, Mark, Wade, Dustin (Megan), Anne-Marie, Joseph and Logan, only great-grandchild, Lucas. She was close to her nephews, John (Barb), Michael and Danny (Shelly) and was surrogate Grandma to Sidnie, Everett and Emma. Norma had a very special person in her life, Cal Higgins, who always made the time to talk, visit and help her in anyway.
She was a loving, generous mom, sister, grandmother, auntie and friend, always putting everyone's comfort, and appetite before hers. While she never got wet, she would throw the best backyard pool parties and catered to everyone's needs. Norma was a banker for over 38 years, all with CIBC, and had life-long friendships with Marg, Nancy, Linda, Shelley and many who have passed on. Upon her retirement she found a new career, a tireless volunteer for the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation, the money counter after an event, selling raffle tickets, and feeding cyclists until her health prevented her from keeping up. She was the first to sponsor any and all fundraising efforts and used her saving discipline to help grandchildren with education and Disney trips. As mobility issues slowed her down, Shaw cable came to the rescue and she became a news junkie and always had an opinion about political leaders, and loved her favourite shows, Coronation Street, EastEnders, Survivor, Y&R to name a few. Mom always looked forward to her family visits, learning about what her grandchildren's latest adventures, and the family meal delivery service.
Special thank you to Gerry for being Mom's personal chauffeur and gardener.
Our family would like to thank her Doctors Taraska, Eng and care giving team, Monique and the home care workers. We would like to thank the Grace Hospital 3North for their compassion and dignity they gave our mom during her last few days, thank you, Doctors, Coulbourne, Reimer along with the nurses and health care aides, you made our last few days with our mom very special.
While her mobility prevented her from attending church, it was in her heart and she lived a Christian based life and will finally be reunited with her soul mate Howie and sister Ellen.
Donations, if desired, may be made to Children's Rehabilitation Foundation or to a charity of one's choice as Norma supported so many.
Due to Covid restrictions, our mom will not be able to enjoy her last party; she always loved a great party!
A private service will be held at the request of the family at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 13, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Just heard the Norma passed away. We have had the pleasure of getting to work with her at many charitable events over the years. She was indeed a very loving, caring person. We will miss her. Our sincere condolences go out to all of her family during this very difficult and the days/months and years to come. May she rest in peace - Posted by: Betty & Albert Lannoo (friend) on: Mar 09, 2021

  • When I visited the Merritt home on Laval Drive in Winnipeg, I always looked forward to greeting Norma and Howard. They were both decent, salt-of-the-earth people and I respected their decency, generosity, and good nature. - Posted by: Glen MacPherson (Friend of Kevin) on: Nov 09, 2020

  • I loved going over to Norma's. She was very welcoming and always had a story to tell. We would watch shows together and have a coffee and chat. I think of her every time SURVIVOR is on and will continue to do so. Prayers and condolences to the family ❤️🙏 - Posted by: Matt Webber (Friend) on: Jun 16, 2020

  • We have such fond memories of Norma from our trip to Fargo. She was the life of the party. We were also lucky enough to be the recipients of her bountiful and delicious celebration dinner parties. We feel privileged to have known her and extend our sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Terry and Les Wiens (friends) on: Jun 15, 2020

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